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WHo would have thought this was possible?! Clear keypad?
When I first saw this and heard about this, I thought there must be a catch...somewhere. But there wasn't! It really possessed a clearn, absolutely transparent keypad! How amazing.
Apparently this technology has been around for a while, but nevertheless, LG made it happen, for the 1st time.
The screen is 3.0 inch touchscreen, with 480x800 resolution, which means high high quality screen. It supports the S-Class OS interface, which is somewhat questionable. Well good points of this OS are, that it is fun, user friendly (to a certain degree), and exciting. Downsides are, it's still quite new and there are bugs, freezes, crashes and well slow overall.
The phone itself supports 8MP camera, but don't hold your breath because it isn't as impressive as it sounds when you transfer it to your computer, to be honest, it is not really printable (unless you capture the pictures in perfect light conditions). The clear keypad is responsive though, and impressively enough, it works perfectly. The build quality did not impress me as much, looks slightly cheap, and I thought design could have done better.
This is the battery cover of the HTC Diamond.
As the name suggests, 'Diamond', the phone has a 'diamond' characteristics to it, ie/ it has a shapy bulky diamond-like cut back cover, as can be seen in the picture. Though it may be seen as a fashion icon, (and perhaps sleek) the pointy back cover really is not very ideal for every day usage of a phone (as most people lie their phone on the back, and this will cause some sort of friction unless you have a cover). Ultimately, the back cover will be scratched and wear down, (well mostly all the pointy parts sticking up from the cover will be eroding away), and sooner than expected, the phone will look rugged, because of the back.
This is the replacement for such a design mistake by HTC designers. The extended battery would be very useful, as the normal battery will wear down quickly too, due to its bright, high res screen the battery will be drained, and the battery is not large enough to accomodate every day needs.
This was my first taste of HTC. At first, I was immediately attracted by the style & shape of the phone, then the spc sheet, which looked immaculate.
Little did I know, there were surprises for me.
First thing, the screen size 2.8 touch sensitive, resolution is just fantastic. One of the best there is. The keypad is slightly too soft and not very responsive, and the touch sensitive keypad isn't very good either.
The good thing is the camera, which is 3.2MP but the quality of the images are great - better than most. The 4GB internal memory is good enough for some time, for some Mp3 songs and images, and maybe some videos. But it doesn't have an external memory slot, which is a shame.
The bad thing: the worst thing - the windows mobile. I can't stress this enough, it really is the fiddliest, most buggy slow thing ever made. Hard to phone, hard to save new contacts, hard to text and manage. What is with Windows???
HTC touch flow is interesting but not really good enough. Symbian is the way to go.
To me, this phone is identical to N82, but with downgraded camera.
When you place the 2 together, you can see that the layout of all the buttons are identical, the position of the camera, the size of the screen, and the processor, the OS, and the features are the same (except for the camera).
N78 was released much after N82, and it does seem more stylish with its sleek shiny front black cover, and brown smooth back (like the one from N82).
As a bar phone, the looks were perfect, stylish, shiny, (but not cheap looking), nice spec sheet & N-series meaning smart. I however, did not like the keypad, like N82, they were a little too small and figgity to use, though I did get used to it after a while. The 370MHz processor is perfect for its use, tho it would have been better slightly faster.
The camera is brilliant (As most N-series ones are), but downgraded from 5MP of N82 to 3.2MP. If that's not a biggie, then N78 would be a nice upgrade from N82 - well not much of an upgrade, at least the styling is.
This is very stylish E-series ex-flagship phone, which came out with its brother E71, about a year and half ago.
E66 is a slider, without a qwerty keyboard (which E71 had). However, one thing it did have (which E71 didn't) was the acclerometer, allowing auto screen rotation.
Equipped with the same features as E71, Nokia E66 is extremely stylish business phone, with Symbian OS, 370MHz processor, allowing fast task managing and processing. 3.2MP is the disappointing downside, as well as 2.5mm audio jack, instead of the 3.5mm jack. It has a 2.4inch screen, perhaps a little small for our current technology era, but neverthless, enough to view all your needs. The keypad underneath the screen is half clear, which makes adds to the styling and its futuristic looks. The back panel is of course embedded with chrome steel, heightening its looks.
For those who prefer sliders and can live without a qwerty keyboard, this is for you (rather than E71). The downsides for me was the camera & the lack of audio jack.
O2 XDA Ignito, is the O2 network version of the HTC Touch Diamond. I had the luxury (?) of trying both of these HTC products out, and I was left with a mix of emotions.
O2 XDA Ignito runs on the notorious Windows Mobile 6.1, with its powerful (?) and yet useless 500+Mhz processor. Yes, you would have thought with such a processor (it was just 10 years ago that 500Mhz computers were being sold 500+pounds) would run any OS smoothly. Oh hold that thought, because you're very mistaken.
I've mentioned this a few times in other reviews of phones running Windows, but I cannot stress enough that the processor isn't good enough to run it. May as well get a cheap low end NOkia, would run S40 faster than this O2 machine. Ah well, there it is, this is the main problem.
The Touch Flo is something of an extrordinaire. It's fun and exciting, the screen is immaculately brilliant - the resolution is indeed stunning (480 by 640). For a very compact touchscreen phone it packs everything (or nearly so) - 4GB of memory (enough for some people), GPS, touch-sensitivie navigation pad, accelormeter, pocket office, nice Mp3 player and my favourite, 3.2MP camera. The 3.2MP part doesn't really astonish but wait till you take pics with this phone, it beats most of the Nokia 3.2mps and some better than Sony Ericsson camera phones.
This still keeps its price, for some reason I'm not sure, as another huge problem is the touch-screen, which isn't as responsive or sensitive as users like, also due to its touch Flo & windows mobile OS. make sure you playu with this for a long time before you purchase it.
Oh, the hype for the Sony X1! I didn't think anything would face the hype of an Iphone, but Xperia did it - all the geeks and phone lovers were waiting for this baby for a long time.
And it came, glistening in full metal case, beautiful large wide screen, touch scrolling, and slide out qwerty keypad, 3.2mp camera, Windows mobile.
BUt was it worth all the hype? I think the biggest let down for me was being introduced to Windows Mobile. 500Mhz of X1 could not run Windows Mobile smooth enough - how disappointing. WM is the hardest OS to use, everything is fiddly, buggy and slow. Only thing that separates is the Xpanel, which isn't very fast either - though it looks sleek. Once you realise that you can't get used to the OS, and that it's slow and potentially it won't improve, you can't use the phone.
That is exactly what happened - I half-wished X1 had Symbian instead, at least then things would be quick with its 500Mhz processor. X1 was a let down for me big time, especially with its hype and looks, and its price of hefty 500pounds.
I was given the white version of E71 as a gift, when this was released back in Winter 2008. Nokia E71 screams business, and it also screams style.
Covered in chrome (and in my case) high quality white plastic, this phone was a looker. The Qwerty keyboard allowed fast typing (though at times, the keys were a little too small) and SYmbian OS didn't let me down - fast, responsive and prompt - always a plus for someone who likes things to be done quickly. The buttons on the front are shortcuts for 'business' apps such as 'calendar', 'Home', 'Contacts' etc, wich just a touch of a button.
I did not use the email clients but texting is brilliant as well as writing notes. Call quality is as clear as it can get, with nice loud speakers.
There were heavy down sides for me: no 3.5mm audio jack, and an adopter reduced the sound quality.
Camera of 3.2mp (which sounds ok on a sheet) was mediocre - only good enough pictures in perfect conditions aka, bright, well lit areas with right sunlight reflections.
Even though this screams business, it did not scream enough entertainment - and I'm not asking 'too much', because now is the era of all-rounders, and the price of around 300, you do have to expect more than just a business phone.
Sony Ericsson didn't realise that its Walkman-series would last this long, and to be frank, they should have researched that pushing 'mp3' function this long wasn't such a good idea. Ah well, but here it is, one of the best W-series ever made.
W995 has nice metal casing, and it's neat square shaped - alot like the N95 8GB (the big black machine) but more compact.
OBviously, as you can guess its main feature is the walkman player, with its latest shake me & sense me controls (where you shake to change the tracks - using its accelerometer). Do not underestimate however, this phone packs more magic than what meets your eyes - equipped with 8.1MP camera (a good quality camera), GPS with A-GPS support, kickstand for easier viewing, youtube application and organiser. The slide action is smooth and pleasant and the build quality is brilliant. Screen is marvellous too, 2.6inches is big enough for a slider.
The price still ranges from around 200-300, and though it is not a smartphone, it reaches its target and delievers.
Phone price depreciation is a big problem (and natural) process of our telecommunication world. As long as you know that a phone is keeping its price, you know it's a successsful phone - and this is one of them.
Still going for around 200 GBP, this phone is here to impress. The smallish screen of 2.0 inches is backed up by touch panels around it for camera controls. The phone is heavy with heavy casing, and it feels nice held in the hand. It reminds me of K750i - good camera, sturdy, nice little design, stlylish, successful. 5MP is its main feature, and yes you won't be disappointed by its images. The memory can be upgraded by a M2 card, so you can store your music/videos/images without problems. The keypad is solid, and responsive, and the slide-out mechanism for the camera is exciting.
A definite yes for camera lovers with phone features that won't let you down.
Oh yes the E63, the Fiat of the Ferrari E71.
E71 was embossed with steel and fancy plastic, where as E63 was toned down to be a more affordable handset with very smillar spec sheet to E71.
The qwerty keyboard on E63 is very ergonomic, and every key is designed so that it will do your routine tricks ASAP. The important feature was the connectivity, bluetooth, wireless, HSDPA. OS at its best, Symbian FP2 with its 2.4 wide screen. The phone is slim, but a little on the heavy side but that's good you know you can feel it in the hand. The camera is downgraded from 3.2MP to 2MP, but E71's wasn't great any way, so it's not a biggie. (Basically if you're looking to have a good camera-phone, then don't get this). The blue plastic replaced chrome steel, but it does not look too tacky. More importantly, the battery life won't let you down, it will go for...ages and ages! It's definitely a marathon runner!
When this came out in June, I was skeptical about its presence, was impressed yes (oh another N-series!) but I didn't think I would get it. I ended getting the white one after selling 2 phones, and oh am I glad that I did! I would have to admit that more expensive the phone, better it is (generally). Nokia N97 brought alot of advantages and uses which I required, along with glitches and twitches of bad things (as expected).
Huge screen, oh yes, though the resolution lets it down
Qwety keyboard is nice, responsive and comfortable
Camera is brilliant (one of the best I've used)
Style is...just sleek
How can I forget 32GB of memory?!
400+ Mhz isn't fast enough to run the flagship Nokia - thus it lags at times
Camera protective lens tend to scratch the camera lens (terrible)
Touch- is still not as advanced as other touch-screen phones
Screen resolution should have been better for a 500 pounds phone
I have used a number of phones, and Symbian seems to be the best OS for a smartphone, and this phone deals it well. I would definitely recommend this over any other Windows Mobile devices (provided that you can afford it!)
I purchased this Epson a while ago, (about 4 years ago) and at that time, I payed a price of around £80 in Currys. It seemed like a perfect solution for a student life, with built in printer, card reader, photocopier and scanner. It was also on sale.
Little did I know, it would create some problems for me.
Don't be disheartened though, they were nothing major, and I'm sure every printer out there will have a problem or another. For me, this printer was fantastic - provided that you had enough money to fuel it.
The printer resolution is great, though the speed is not very fast, especially comparing to the printers of current digital world. It's fast enough however, and the quality is great. The main bad thing, was the ink. They were very expensive to acquire, often 10 pounds per colour, and there were 4 colours required to run it - and the amazingly inconveniently, if one colour was very low, the printer wouldn't work. You had to change it. So it was a good idea to have spare ink catridges all the time.
Everything else was fine, the USB cable is convenient (prior to the ancient printer-cable), and the installing is easy and quick. The software it comes with, (Epson Photo Enhancer etc) are useful, if you want to print photos - and the photos are great - but this printer is one hell of an ink-eater!
I would like to say this is one of the classics. Released in 2001, with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker starring as the main roles, this film is all about fast cars and the life behind the smiles and laughs. Paul Walker is the undercover cop who plunges into the world of street racing, motor tuning and unexpected love, and Vin DIesel plays the tough brother, leader of a gang and the legendary street racer.
The storyline is actually good, there is fun, there is suspense and alot of drama involved. Acting isn't bad either and the street race scenes are nicely coupled with special effects. There aren't overly exagerated stunts or overly dramatic actions which is always a plus - who wants to see a film that screams fake? There are moving stories behind the tough exterier displayed by the characters, and there are tragedies as well as miracles at work in this film. This film makes the point that, all criminals or thugs do not have a completely cold heart.
I was very disappointed to find out that Vin Diesel was no long going to be in the new xXx film. Instead, the new gangsta, hardcore, thug hero was going to be Ice Cube, the notorious rapper.
It was unfortunate to discover that xXx 2 was even more fake than the first one. I actually enjoyed watching the first, even with Vin's ridiculous acting and overly exagerated actions and stunts. But 'The Next Level' had so many, over the top actions, it was too fake to be true.
The story line isn't very interesting either - as usual, Samuel recruits a hard man from the jail and this ex-military man has the skills, fitness and the brains to defeat the US army and save the day.
A brief appearance of Xzibit was interesting, and the cars are tuned, icy, the lady character is beautiful and the conspiracy is revealed - what more cliche can it be than this new version of xXx.